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Old 11-10-2011, 05:31 AM
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What age is my puppy?

Hello everyone!

I'm new to the forum and I really need your help with something... I recently bought an Amstaff puppy, the owner told me it was 2 months old, but I'm suspecting this pup is younger.

It can barely walk and it must be fed warm milk (no solid food). Besides he sleeps a lot (although it's playful enough when stimulated). It doesn't bark yet, just yelps and squeaks. It's also rather small, about 20-25cm (8-9 inches) long without the tail...

Could you please help me and tell me what age my puppy really is? I'm guessing 4-5 weeks? But I don't have enough experience to be sure...

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Thank you for any help!
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:50 AM
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I see I can't edit my first post - I wanted to say he's less than 20cm (8inches) long... rather around 17cm (6-7inches).

Sorry for being a pest
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Have you taken him to a vet yet? What sort of milk are you giving him?

I think puppies start to eat some solid food at around 3 weeks old. I don't know much about newborn pups but he seems very, very young to be away from his mum.

Just had a look - they apparently start walking at around 3 weeks old. If this is so, the pup is probably in need of a vet's support so you can give him the right nutrition and care and you'll probably need a lot of help with socialising him as his siblings can't help him.

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He looks very young to me, perhaps as young as 4 weeks, maybe even 3 ish weeks.

I'd echo swimmy's comments to get him to the vet for a check up, (and probably wormer too) and ask the vet what to feed him so he gets the right nutrition. He looks like he should still be on momma's milk, at least somewhat.

Cow's milk in general is not optimal for puppies. You'll want to get a milk replacer specifically for dogs. Also, you'll want to start him on soft food as soon as possible. So do ask the vet!

Good luck and let us know what you find out!

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If he is having difficulty walking, that may be a health issue, or simply he is weak from not enough nutrition. Puppies can generally walk pretty well by 3 weeks, although they are still clumsy.
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Here is a recipe for super nutritious puppy milk. Perhaps you could mix up a batch of this and let him chow down in a bowl. (he's big enough not to need a bottle). It will be way more nutritious than cow's milk. It might give him a big boost. (I know for a fact this is a great milk replacer for puppies... way better than the reconstituted powder vets sell.)

Leerburg | Bottle Feeding Puppies (scroll down for the recipe)

Gradually you could add a nice canned food to this, or softened puppy kibble.

Again, get this wee one to the vets right away. You could lose him very fast without the proper intervention here.
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That sounds like good advice, Tess.

Good luck with him, chattegris.
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Thank you all so much for the advice!

I will definitely take him to a vet this weekend, I've already set up an appointment.

Yes I have given him cow milk but I've only had him for 2 days... I will ask the vet to suggest me a more appropriate diet (BTW thank you Tess for that recipe, I will try it today!).
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Super! Glad you are going to get him to the vet, and get him a good meal asap!

I think if he's been two days with nothing but cow's milk, he certainly won't be feeling his best. There probably just are not enough calories in cow's milk. I hope he perks up a bit for you on some richer food.

Please let us know!

BTW, why have you only been giving him milk? Has he no interest in, perhaps some canned food? Canned is way easier to digest than dry kibble.
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i think that lactol is a good puppy milk. That and a good quality dry puppy kibble. you can soak the kibble in made up lactol and when he is 5-6 weeks (i think) start to lessen the amount of lactol until by 8 weeks old he is only on dry food. when your looking at puppy foods, look at the ingredients list and make sure it doesnt say 'cereals' in the list (its better to see rice or potato) also when you look at the meat quality, foods are better if they contain fresh meat or meat meal rather than 'meat and animal derivitives' and if you see the quantity ideally it should be a minimum of 20% meat. hope that helps.
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